In 1925, Sakura Color Products of Osaka, Japan, formulated Cray-Pas® oil pastels with premium quality pigments, wax and oil. Today, the finest elements continue to make up the Cray-Pas family of oil pastels. Cray-Pas® Specialist® oil pastels provide professional artists with superb, creamy texture that facilitates blendability, and can be used in combination with a variety of painting mediums. The range of colors is ideal for fine art, commercial art and illustration. Impasto and subtle color wash effects are possible with the use of Specialist Extender which distributes color to create shadows and depth.